A carbon tax in South Africa: Perspectives from an academic

Centre for Climate Economics and Policy

Event details

Public Lecture

Date & time

Tuesday 05 February 2013


Acton Lecture Theatre, #132 JG Crawford Building, ANU


Harald Winkler, Head, Energy, Environment and Climate Change programme, Energy Research Centre (ERC), University of Cape Town (UCT)


Amelia Bidgood
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Professor Harald Winkler from the University of Cape Town’s Energy Research Centre will give his perspectives on plans for a carbon tax in South Africa. The South African Treasury, in its 2012 budget review, proposed a carbon tax at R120 (ca. A$13 /tCO2), rising until 2020, with thresholds for the next financial year. Various details are still under discussion, such as thresholds, how revenue might be recycled and more.

He will provide his academic perspective, including his own analysis, from long-term mitigation scenarios to considerations of implications for poverty and development in South Africa. Professor Winkler’s insights into the development of carbon tax policy in South Africa will provide a useful and illuminating basis for comparison with the Australian experience, given both economies’ high dependence on coal generation. He will also draw on his experience negotiating at the United Nations Climate Change conferences to highlight how domestic climate change policy interacts with action in the international arena.

Professor Winkler has led the research work underpinning South Africa’s Long-Term Mitigation Scenarios (LTMS) and is a member of the South African delegation to the negotiations under the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change. He is also a member of the editorial boards of three international journals Climate Policy, Climate and Development and Current Opinions in Environmental Sustainability. Professor Winkler holds a PhD and MA from UCT and an MSc in Energy & Resources from UC Berkeley.

This lecture is presented by the Centre for Climate Economics and Policy at Crawford School of Public Policy.

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